Sociology Faculty

Jan Brewer

Assistant Professor


B.A., Univ Maryland Baltimore County
M.S.W., Univ Maryland Baltimore

Jan M. Brewer, MSW, LCSW-C is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland. Professor Brewer has been teaching at Harford Community College (HCC) since the fall of 2000 and created the successful social work track within the sociology program. She is also an academic advisor for the sociology program. As full-time instructor, Professor Brewer teaches Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101), Introduction to Social Work (SOC 200), Marriage and Family (SOC 201), and Juvenile Delinquency (SOC 214). She also develops and teaches sociology online courses sponsored by HCC.

Professor Brewer is actively engaged with campus life as the faculty advisor for the Student Empowerment Club, which includes Students in Recovery and Peer Mentoring services. In addition, she is the faculty liaison for Service Learning initiatives within credit courses. She is active on the Technology Advisory Committee, and continues to involve herself in campus initiatives that address the underprepared college student.

Professor Brewer is actively involved in both Harford and Cecil counties by providing professional workshops for social workers, psychologists, and human service workers in various state and local agencies. Professor Brewer is a recipient of the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Education.

Prior to instructing at HCC, Professor Brewer performed extensive clinical social work concentrated in the areas of child and adolescent issues, as well as working with the military and disaster relief. Professor Brewer earned a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - major, Social Work; a Masters of Social Work degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB); and has completed over 20 hours of post-graduate certificate training specializing in Treating the Traumatized Adolescent from UMAB.

As a wife and parent of two active teenagers, Professor Brewer excels in time management, transportation logistics, mediation, and the effective integration and use of technology and social media resources.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2636
Email:  JBrewer@harford.edu

Nena Craven

Assistant Professor


B.A., Drew University
M.A., University of Delaware

Nena Craven has been teaching sociology since 2010, including such courses as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Men & Women in Society, Sociological Theories, and Elementary Statistics for Social Sciences. Before arriving at Harford Community College in 2016, Nena taught sociology for many years at Delaware State University, an HBCU in her home town of Dover, Delaware. Her master's thesis, "Fat Cats and Chubby Puppies," explores gendered messages in advertisements for cat and dog weight loss products. She is investigating how the U.S. feminist movement uses the internet and virtual spaces such as blogs in her doctoral research. Nena has also spent time working as a library page, an archival processor, a research assistant, a social worker for supervised visitation, a counselor for Boys & Girls Club, and an academic advisor. She is passionate about social equality and an active member of Equality Delaware.

Nena sees sociology everywhere in real life, and is notorious among her friends and family for ruining popular songs by paying attention to their lyrics. One of her favorite things is when her students tell her that they were going about their everyday lives and were suddenly reminded of something they learned in sociology class. Other favorite things include her husband Blair, her son Brennan (who features in many class examples and stories), reading, science fiction, dry humor, cryptozoology, knitting & other handicrafts, visiting Delaware beaches, and a good brie.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2066
Email:  ncraven@harford.edu

John Donahue

Assistant Professor


B.A., Loyola University Maryland
B.A., Univ Maryland College Park
M.A., Univ of California Riverside
M.A.T., Towson University

John A. Donahue (Sociology, Anthropology) has been with Harford Community College since 2010, and has also taught in Baltimore and Howard Counties as well as Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California. Originally from Baltimore, he holds a Master's of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, he focused on archaeology and ethnomusicology, examining the music and performance of the Classic Maya and of Mesoamerica. With his interest in music, he has also examined performance and identity with ballet folklorico among Chicano students in Southern California. Donahue is trained in Javanese and Balinese gamelan through UCR and UMBC respectively. He has been on digs in rural Quintana Roo, in the California desert, and in Annapolis, Maryland, and has recreated a Classic Maya friction drum. In addition, he is a faculty advisor for HCC's Rainbow Alliance. He has studied the needs of LGBT students in the classroom environment, and holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Special Education from Towson University. In his tiny amount of spare time, he squeezes in singing, soccer and cooking. He would travel more often, but he's probably teaching instead.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2375
Email:  JoDonahue@harford.edu

Derrick Jones

Assistant Professor


B.A., Tiffin University
M.A., University of the Rockies
Ph.D., Walden University

Dr. Jones came to Harford Community College in the fall 2018 semester from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL where he was an assistant professor in charge of the Criminal Justice Technology Program. Dr. Jones is a former certified police officer with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and a school resource officer with the Baltimore City School Police Department with approximately two decades' worth of law enforcement experience.

Dr. Jones began his teaching career in 2014 at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center where he taught a variety of criminal justice and homeland security courses. Dr. Jones teaches in an adjunct capacity as an associate professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as serving on doctoral candidate students' dissertation committees as a content expert in criminal justice.

Dr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in Justice Administration from Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH, his Master of Arts degree in Psychology with specialization in Criminology and Justice Studies from University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, CO, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminal Justice from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Jones' dissertation "The Policing Strategy of Racial Profiling and Its Impact on African Americans" is published on ProQuest. Dr. Jones' research interest includes: police and minority relations, cultural competence in policing, recidivism rates of minority offenders, and police training and recruitment.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2315
Email:  dejones@harford.edu

Theresa Lilienthal

Assistant Professor


B.A., Loyola University Maryland
M.A., Loyola University Maryland

Theresa Lilienthal began teaching Psychology at Harford Community College as an Adjunct professor in 2009. She joined the full-time faculty in 2018 and teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Child Psychology, as well as Introduction to Sociology.

Prior to coming to HCC, Theresa worked as a Staff Psychologist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore. As part of an interdisciplinary team, she provided psychological services to children and their families on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. She participated in data collection for studies conducted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute on the effects of lead poisoning on cognitive abilities in children and by the St. Agnes Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the ongoing developmental prognosis for children who were born prematurely and with a significantly low birth weight.

After moving to St. Mary's County, she worked with adolescent boys in a therapeutic residential group home setting, where she provided counseling and support services with the goal of reintegrating the boys back into the community. She was concurrently employed by St. Mary's County Public Schools to serve as the educational coordinator in order to provide direct educational support and to ensure appropriate educational placement of each resident, as well as to facilitate communication between school personnel and the staff of the group home.

While raising her two daughters, Theresa became involved in the Harford County 4-H Program, first as a parent volunteer, then as a volunteer club leader. Even though her daughters have aged-out of 4-H, Theresa continues to serve as a club leader. She believes in the 4-H motto "Learn by doing" and facilitates activities that encourage the acquisition of life skills and the development of leadership, responsibility, citizenship, and teamwork in Harford County youth.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2182
Email:  tlilienthal@harford.edu

Sharon Stowers

Professor


B.S., Rivier College
M.A., Univ Maryland College Park
M.Ed., Framingham State College
Ph.D., Univ Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Sharon Stowers is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Harford Community College. Trained both in social and biological sciences, she holds a Master Degree in Nutritional Science Education, a Master Degree in Applied Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. She has published on issues related to socio-cultural anthropology, transnational migration, and nutritional anthropology.

Dr. Stowers has taught at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of Massachusetts and Towson University. In addition to teaching, she provides expertise to the Hays-Heighe House Museum, which is a historic house located on HCC's campus. In this capacity, she conducts research and curates exhibits on the culture and cultural history of Harford County.

Dr. Stowers is especially interested in HCC students becoming involved with their community. To these ends, she facilitates student participation in service learning experiences, community-based projects and field trips. Dr Stowers is an active member of several community organizations and serves on the Board of the Archeological Society of the Northern Chesapeake.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2059
Email:  SStowers@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/SStowers/